Harpers Magazine Cover; "Cat Woman", May 1897
DISPLAYING: 9" x 12" Print
Edward Penfield (1866-1925) was born in Brooklyn, New York In his early twenties, Edward enrolled at the Art Students' League in New York City, where he met many fellow aspiring artists. He also studied painting under the impressionist George de Forest Brush the next year. In April of 1890 an associate art editor at Harper and Brothers saw Penfield's work at an exhibition and Penfield was subsequently hired as staff illustrator. Penfield's first published work appears in Harper's Weekly, 1891. He later was promoted by the Harpers to head up their art department. It was a position which included work not only for Harper & Brother's book publishing, but also for the 'Big Four' -their magazines Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Harper's Weekly, Harper's Bazar and Harper's Young People. Penfield served these publications for ten years, as art director, manager, editor and as artist, until he retired in 1901 to devote his entire time to illustrating. He passed in 1925 at a sanatorium in Beacon, New York, of complications resulting from a fall.